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Friday, January 13, 2006

Reading and Understanding +Tom Wright

My referencing the blog of Dr. Joel Garver and the content within this particular entry is not to say that others who disagree with +Wright simply do not understand +Wright as if they are thick and just don't get it. That's not my point at all. The point of linking this piece by Dr. Garver is to show how some of the writers at Ref21 seem to either not understand Wright when they read him or twist what he says out of context so badly that one begins to wonder if you've read the same material. Most of these critiques amount to nothing more than opinions in most cases. One gets weary of these people and it seems that they are only talking to one another and in the same small fish bowl. If you want to understand +Wright, don't read stuff like these opinions at Ref21. See also Barb's site here for more.

4 Comments:

Blogger Death Bredon said...

Personally, I have always found N.T. Wright a bit difficult to read. That probablly says more about me than he. But, what is his position on priestesses?

1:22 pm  
Blogger Jeff said...

Well, I really don't know how to comment on the difficulty you have with your reading of +Wright not knowing what you've read or your background. But, what does his position on the priesthood and who can have that devotion have to do with his exegesis of other passages? Are you saying that because someone has something wrong in one area of biblical theology and exegesis is therefore suspect and wrong in their other points in theology? If so, then who could ever have any assurance of being right about anything?

5:23 pm  
Blogger Death Bredon said...

Actually, I am truly curious about his position on priestesses because I do not know and because I do respect him. I was hoping someone would know, as I admit being a bit too thick to figure it out myself.

1:38 pm  
Blogger Jeff said...

I actually meant to write "who can have that vocation" rather than "who can have that devotion". Sorry for the mistake. I think his view of women in the priesthood pushes the exegesis and story of the resurrection where Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James goes and tells the apostles of Jesus' rising from the dead (being sent by Jesus to do so) is credible proof enough for their vocations. It is a weak argument in my personal opinion and I'm not convinced by the argument. The best thing I can put you on to is this article from him on the issue. http://www.ntwrightpage.com/Wright_Women_Service_Church.htm

3:01 pm  

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